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1987 Volkswagen Golf - speedometer problem

The speedometer stopped working.
One shop told my wife it was the gear connector thing that attaches a gear in the transmission to the speedometer cable. They replaced it.
She drove for ten minutes with the speedometer operating again, then it stopped operating again.
The shop said that for some reason the transmission ate up the gear and she'll need a new transmission.
Logic tells me me that either the speedo cable or the speedometer itself is not turning easily, and that caused the new gear thingy to jam or wear out quickly. How do I diagnose if it's the cable or in the speedometer? How do I even get to the speedometer?
Thanks.

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  • veeweeart Oct 15, 2008

    Is the only solution to put in a new transmission? (It's illegal here to operate a car without a speedometer, so drive without one is not a good long-term option.)

    Is there anywhere online where I can see pictures of what's going on here?

    Thanks.

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Not sure how mechanicaly minded you are but you can do an easy check with the minimum of work.Assuming your speedo is run by a cable and not a transducer.Undo cable at gear box end and try to spin the plastic gear by hand should be free of binding or any other restriction.if you have a dual speed drill attach to plastic gear turn it on and see what the speedo is doing Leave running long enough to determine wether the problem is outside the gear box and not the expensive option.You can remove the plastic gear and completely remove the inner core to check its condition.If the core is at fault you can take the core out of the replacement cable and slide it back up the origional cable.Make sure you twist the core when putting back in as the ends of the core are square.This saves you the trouble of pulling the dash apart.

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    tony yeatman Oct 15, 2008

    Also make sure the cable is lubricated as it may have dried out and binding.Pay to do this before doing the drill test

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If the pinion bearings in the gearbobx are worn they can chew up the drive wheel in the gearbox for the speedometer

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Well I would verify the trany speed gear is "ate up" first, theres only one 10mm bolt that holds it in place, sure the area around the speedo cable is very CLEAN before removing it any dirt in there would make things bad to say the least. If you pull the cable out the gear is attached to the cable if it looks good then put it back together and remove your cluster (speedo and other gauges inside) I suggest you pick up a repair manual at a big auto store on MK1-MK2 vdubs (82-92) to explain how to remove speedo cable from back of cluster its kinda of tricky getting your fingers back there and pressing it together to get it to release. Once out drive the car and see if that cable is turning from the inside if it is then its your speedo gauge that is faulty. Grab a cluster from a scrap yard, if that cable is NOT turning then the gearing inside the trany is messed up which would mean taking the trany apart to repair it. If that was the case you would be cheaper to replace the whole trany with a used one. Good luck

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